This article will teach you how to live with chronic pain. If I understand your situation right now correctly, then you feel terrible. You experience pain that haunts you like a shadow. I understand it, because I’ve been there. It dragged me into a depression. And that in turn made the pain even worse. I didn’t know what to do. But now I do. And I want to share it with you. And I hope it will help you as much as it did help me.
Remember that pain is a signal of your body, and there is a reason why your body is signaling you something. It’s like the ringing sound at train tracks across a street that announce: a train is approaching, stay away from the tracks. But that’s when we talk about normal pain. With chronic pain, it is a completely different story. Chronic pain is like an alarm bell that’s out of control. It’s not ringing because there is actually some danger, it’s just ringing because it’s messed up. And the only thing that needs to be fixed is the alarm bell itself.
There are many things that you can do to manage your pain. When I asked my doctor how to live with chronic pain, she replied that a mixture of pain medication and reducing would help. And it did indeed – to a certain extent. Stress was a part of my life that I did not chose, it was a byproduct of my lifestyle. I could do some things to reduce it, but I could not completely eliminate it. And my guess is neither can you.
I tried all kinds of things, from exercises (which is supposed to help be increasing the amount of natural painkillers, endorphins, in your body) to eating better food. But All of it might have helped, but nothing really solved my problem. The pain was still taking the joy out of my life.
What finally worked for me was a simple combination of relaxation exercises and hypnosis. I still do both regularly – and if I stop doing them, the pain reminds me that I shouldn’t skip it. It’s probably something that I have to live with for the rest of my life – but it’s not too bad. I basically take about 30 minutes a day to take care of this problem, but then it’s fine. I listen to the hypnosis recording when I go to sleep, and I do a little breathing relaxation exercise during the course of the day.
From my experience, and those who tried it out, there really is no secret answer to the question how to live with chronic pain. You just have to do it. Sometimes I don’t feel like putting in my thirty minutes a day, but it’s just one of these “maintenance things” you do during the course of a day – like taking a shower, brushing your teeth and so on. The sooner you make it a habit, the better.